Belichick avoids commenting on James Harrison’s ability to provide Steelers secrets

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One of the primary concerns regarding the decision of former Steelers linebacker James Harrison to join the Patriots is that Harrison can carry secrets to his new team. Former teammate Bud Dupree wouldn’t rule out the possibility that Harrison carried the Pittsburgh playbook to New England.

Regardless of whether Harrison will be helping his new team if/when its preparing to face his old team through memory or something more tangible, Patriots coach Bill Belichick used his on-to-Cincinnati focus to avoid answering questions about how Harrison could help New England beat Pittsburgh, again.

On Wednesday, Belichick was asked by reporters whether Belichick puts “any stock into the fact that [Harrison] could provide valuable intelligence given his familiarity with the Steelers and their system.”

“Well, we’re playing the Jets this week,” Belichick said. “I don’t really know what that has to do with it. Maybe I’m missing something. I don’t know.”

“What about looking ahead to any possible matchups in the playoffs?”

“Well, we play the Jets this week,” Belichick said.

And there’s the difference between Bill Belichick and Steelers coach Mike Tomlin. Last month, Tomlin was willing to look ahead to not one but two future games against the Patriots. Belichick won’t even publicly entertain the possibility of playing Pittsburgh at any point in the future.

Privately, however, Belichick surely knows it’s possibly coming. And with Steelers players teeing off on Harrison for his antics before he was cut, Harrison will now have even greater motivation to empty his brain for Belichick, if/when the Steelers are the team the Patriots will be playing next.

51 responses to “Belichick avoids commenting on James Harrison’s ability to provide Steelers secrets

  1. You know, it may not even be the so called secrets that will be a benefit to having Harrison join the team. Imagine if Nate Solder is facing him every day in practice. Do you think that might make Nate a better left tackle?

    Harrison can be a presence and a challenge on the practice field to help the Pats improve, let alone what he might do on the field on game day.

  2. Big difference between being asked to comment in a specifically scheduled game that everyone was talking about and the possibility of a rematch, which may not happen.

    As for secrets, nothing is secret. It’s all on film. Some of it legally obtained.

  3. So now he (JH) has not only left the Steelers for the Patriots, he’s also brought the Steelers play book with him…. ok, Got It…..thank God cause the Pats wouldn’t have stood a chance as history has proved!!!
    Lol

  4. Hope y’all caught today’s presser where BB answered questions about Harrison with the barest of acknowledgement that JH was even on the team. It was hilarious! And, most of those reporter questions about Harrison were posed by Mike Reiss of ESPN.com, who is one of the best, football-detailed (not Hot Takes) beat reporters, as even BB I think would acknowledge. If Coach didn’t give it up for Mike, he ain’t giving it up for anybody.

  5. The Steeler also cut Harrison in 2013 and he said the following:

    “Of course it would be nice to play with Tom Brady. I mean, who wouldn’t want to?”

    Maybe he was one Steeler who always had an eye east.

  6. Bill Belichick doesn’t need secrets for a mediocre AFC team. Pats are going to the Super Bowl again, and most likely have to play Tennessee and Jacksonville to get there. Wow. And if it’s Pittsburgh again, we all know NE wins that. Brady/Beli probably get #6, but the AFC is garbage outside of one team.

  7. I highly doubt this would be of any value, because the Steelers special brand of chaos, drama, indecision, and general mismanagement, really is not duplicatable. It’s something they do “in the moment.” It’s a unique and special talent that the Patriots would be hard-pressed to match.

  8. This is stupid
    In the last 5 games vs Pittsburgh NE is averaging 35 points on offense and they are 12-2 vs the Steelers

    They didn’t sign him to get information

  9. Belichick already knows the Steeler’ secret: Take the superior group of athletes, make a lot of impressive plays and pro Bowls , and then, under the bright glare of the big game, find a creative way to gack under pressure. While the “immaculate Clock It Pick” was a New Steeler wrinkle, Bill understands the Steeler folding schematics pretty well by now. Whining about your ex-teammate as a motivational strategy is clever, but not as entertaining as AB’s narcissistic
    streaming video fro Kansas City last year. Back in the day Bill Cowher would publicly have it known that his team had already made its travel plans, BEFORE dispatching with the underdog Patriots in the ‘01 AFC Tirle game. It was so much simpler then…

  10. EVen if the signing of James Harrison was to mess with the Steelers mission accomplished. This has clearly rattled several players on the team and changed their focus from a football game to name calling and bickering in the media…all one sided mind you. It just shows you the head space the Patriots take up in Pittsburgh.

  11. Another silly reporter question, thinking he could pull Belichick into this fray. Nope. Stay focused. Sure his attitude toward the media can be disdainful and bland but it’s part of what makes him maybe the best coach ever.

  12. Harrison is on the team for only one thing – as a weapon to take out opposing players with dirty hits – something that Harrison is known to do.

    I doubt Harrison is intelligent enough to even know anything about the team and its other players’ roles.

  13. I honestly don’t understand why people are surprised at BB’s responses to questions like these. He never gives any insight to his plans or intentions, other than saying he’s focused on the next game. It’s quite humorous that people expect something different.

  14. There’s really no “secrets”. Everyone knows what Pitt does:

    1. Bell, drag routes underneath, deep balls wide and seam routes.
    2. Try to play man to man, but can’t really, so look for zone and shred it.

    Ball game.

  15. Belichick signed him because he still has some gas in the tank. He doesn’t need Harrison’s insight to beat the Steelers…or anyone else. Steelers fans are acting like they have owned the Patriots and The Patriots need something extra to get them over the top in the playoffs this year. Please. Im not a Pats or Steelers fan, but Belichick is simply signing a player that can help the team. Get over yourselves Steelers.

  16. aj66shanghai says:
    December 28, 2017 at 8:20 am
    Scumbag
    _______________________________________________
    Aka “If he was my teams head coach I’d love him, but since he isn’t I’m salty”

  17. TB12 is 11-2 against Pittsburgh, what exactly does he need help with? I do know one thing, if a play was being reviewed ,TB12 wouldn’t be staring at the screen like big Ben was ,he would be talking to the coaches!

  18. 97.3 the fan in Pittsburgh whining and crying, it’s great.
    Tomlin knows nothing of disaplin, just check his history with this team.
    Pittsburgh cannot keep anything in house.
    Spoiled brats.
    Never ever happens in New England.

  19. I have to chuckle at all the Patriots fans all giddy over getting Harrison and bragging about how “Belichick plays chess while your team play checkers.”

    Two words: Jimmy G. You just got fleeced by Jed Freakin’ York.

    So enjoy your 39-year-old linebacker. Maybe he can play QB for you when Brady goes (which will be sooner than you think).

  20. All you low-life Pats fans who called Harrison a low-life when he was with Pittsburgh. Now that he’s a Patriot you are all kissing his feet. And you wonder why everyone hates the Patriots’ fans.

  21. tylawspick6 says:
    December 26, 2017 at 4:17 pm
    Chess vs checkers…..Greatest GM ever. Has been obvious for years. Culture, maturity, salary allocation to which positions, does matter.
    ————————-

    Yeah? Explain how he got fleeced by San Francisco for Jimmy G. then. You know, the trade that’s become the steal of the decade.

  22. ampatsisahypocrite says:
    December 28, 2017 at 12:28 pm

    Yeah? Explain how he got fleeced by San Francisco for Jimmy G. then. You know, the trade that’s become the steal of the decade.
    ——————————————————————————————————————-
    OK – try to stay with me:

    Jimmy G. is a free agent at the end of this year.

    SF gave up a 2nd round pick for a guy they could have had for free if they waited 6 months. Now, to keep him, they need to franchise him and take the 25 mil salary cap hit, or sign a guy with 5-6 games under his belt to a 4-5 year deal with 60 mil guaranteed.

    Is that a steal? Well, if he turns out to be another Brady, yes. But he’s never been in a big game, never had to play under the lights, never had to come back in the 4th qtr of a SB, etc. Maybe he can. Or maybe he’ll be another RGIII or worse, Brock Osweiler in Houston.

    What exactly should the Patriots have differently? And if you say they should have got a #1, or 2 #1 picks, see above. That was never going to happen.

  23. steal of the decade?? he has about 7 full games on his resume since 2014. i hope he has a great career but let’s pump the brakes on this until he plays a full season.

  24. The Steelers are a soft team, physically and mentally. On the field they couldn’t handle Gronk’s physicality and off the field they are losing their minds over the Patriots signing JH.

  25. Cheating. Favoritism from officials. There’s really no stopping the patriots. They should cheat their way (with aid of the officials) to another tainted superbowl. A year from now, fans will be saying NOW there’s no question who’s the goat. And yet, many will debate it. The reason is obvious to everyone outside of new england.

  26. Pats were gifted home field by the officials, but Pitt may still have a chance with AB back, who didn’t play most of the previous game.

  27. Have you noticed how many knuckleheads guestion the intelligence of guys like Gronk and Harrison who reached the pinnacle of a profession that is a true meritocracy.

  28. If the patriots are in the superbowl this year it may be one of the lowest rated superbowls in a long time. Superbowl LI was the lowest rated since XLIV in 2010. Most NFL fans view the patriots as the face of the illegitimacy of the league. A symbol of its fakeness. The officiating and cheating controversies are just a couple of supporting examples of why. I do believe the patriots are the likely AFC champion, and folks will switch off the fakeness for the superbowl.

  29. helmetcatch says:
    December 28, 2017 at 4:02 pm
    If the patriots are in the superbowl this year it may be one of the lowest rated superbowls in a long time. Superbowl LI was the lowest rated since XLIV in 2010. Most NFL fans view the patriots as the face of the illegitimacy of the league. A symbol of its fakeness. The officiating and cheating controversies are just a couple of supporting examples of why. I do believe the patriots are the likely AFC champion, and folks will switch off the fakeness for the superbowl.
    You are one unhappy little guy aren’t you?

  30. helmetcatch says:

    December 28, 2017 at 3:34 pm

    Pats were gifted home field by the officials, but Pitt may still have a chance with AB back, who didn’t play most of the previous game.

    If….If….If..
    Why do some Pittsburgh fans attribute the loss of AB or LB as a reason for the loss.
    IF Edelman and Hogan were in ,would they even stand a chance.
    It’s winning without your star players that counts.

  31. Everyone that was watching the recent Patriots\Steelers game saw the officials favoring the Steelers with that no flag for the flagrant offensive pass interference where Martavis Bryant’s “touchdown” handed the Steelers the undeserved 17-10 lead going into halftime. Must be a new rule that allows players to push off as long as they keep pushing during the entire play while only using one hand the make the catch.

  32. “factpurveyor says:
    December 29, 2017 at 6:29 pm
    Everyone that was watching the recent Patriots\Steelers game saw the officials favoring the Steelers with that no flag for the flagrant offensive pass interference where Martavis Bryant’s “touchdown” handed the Steelers the undeserved 17-10 lead going into halftime. Must be a new rule that allows players to push off as long as they keep pushing during the entire play while only using one hand the make the catch.”

    No, only the New England Fans saw that. Pats were gifted the win by the refs. Everyone OUTSIDE of new england knows it.

  33. helmetcatch says:
    December 29, 2017 at 6:48 pm

    No, only the New England Fans saw that. Pats were gifted the win by the refs. Everyone OUTSIDE of new england knows it.

    —————————————————————————————-
    Everyone owning a television built after 1970 was able to see the ball hit the ground with the left hand rolling off the ball. A subset of those people have IQ’s high enough to understand the NFL catch rules and are aware that passing rules are different than a player running with the ball. Many of those people actually live outside of New England. Those people understand that the call was correct and laugh at the silly people who still can’t accept it.

  34. Speaking of tuck rule…
    At 2:47 in the 10th anniversary video you can hear the official say the call was easy based on the NFL rules at the time. Sad that some seem to want the officials make up rules.

    The Tuck rule play was immediate Karma for the Raiders cheating in that same game.
    If you look for a video online titled “THE TUCK RULE – 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY” you can see #21 Eric Allen Raiders cornerback standing on the Patriots sideline as the Patriots are talking about the play the Patriots are going to run.

    In the video Eric Allen is interviewed and he says that he told the Raiders coaches that information. The Raiders then put a defense in to specifically cover the player that Tom Brady was going to pass to. That is why Tom Brady had to tuck the football in the first place.

    So if the Raiders did not steal the Patriots play call with that sleazy tactic, then the tuck rule play never happens and the GOAT completes a pass to win the game. Tom Brady obviously had the skill to complete a pass when the other team doesn’t know the play.
    The Tuck Rule was already a rule in the NFL rule book so the fact that the referees called it according to the rule book was what it was their jobs to do.

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